I’ve taken part in two ‘World’s Largest Orchestra’ events in the past … One was in 1996, at Symphony Hall, when we played a piece by Howard Blake (the guy who wrote the Snowman music). The conductor was Sir Simon Rattle. Unfortunately this attempt was disqualified as the music didn’t last long enough.
The second was in 1998 at the National Indoor Arena, and the music was Sir Malcolm Arnold‘s ‘Little Suite No 2’, again with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. This time it did count, and the record stood at nearly 4000 musicians. However, the record didn’t last long, as it was broken again in 2000 by a group in Vancouver.
Well, the attempt is coming back to the UK now, and work has started organising it for a day in October this year. They need around 7000 people to take part.
It follows the evolution of the Internet from its humble beginnings as the ARPANET and a collection of academic networks, through the non-commercial era, to the dot-com boom and bust. Finally, it talks about how people like Amazon and Google worked out how to make money from the Internet by exploiting out information in exchange for us using their services for free. We get the benefits of the services and haven’t really had any negative impact, yet, from giving up our personal information to them.
The final programme looks at the whole issue of online social networks such as Facebook and looks at some of the, as yet unknown, future effects on society.
One interesting conclusion, well discussion but looking like a conclusion, is that the web seems to be encouraging more associative brain functions than linear … people prefering short, associated chunks of information rather than large, linear books. This is one reason that many of ‘generation web’ don’t read books!
A very interesting series.